2nd arrest made in connection with massive gold heist
One year after million dollars worth of gold bars were stolen off of an armored truck heading to Attleboro, a second man has been arrested in connection with the heist.
46-year-old Adalberto Perez, of South Florida was arrested Wednesday morning. FBI agents raided his home before 6 a.m., they were seen towing away a fishing boat named The Grunt Master.
Back in March of 2015 the truck, carrying nearly $5 million worth of gold bars, was robbed in North Carolina after pulling over to the side of the road.
Two men who spoke Spanish and claimed to be the "policia" forced the driver and his passenger out of the truck.
The FBI is not yet saying exactly what Perez’s role in that theft was.
Following his arrest, the South Florida man’s sister in law told reporters she doesn’t believe Perez was involved in the heist or tried to sell the gold bars.
"If all of this were true I don’t see how he could be living here owning the type of vehicle he owns, two and two doesn’t add up,” said Mily Nait.
Perez is the second man to be arrested in connection with the crime.
Back in September another South Florida man, Miguel Bovar plead guilty to an attempted extortion charge after he tried to sell one of the stolen gold bars.
Police have said that they do not believe Bovar was behind the heist.
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to additional arrests.
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